As the UK has gone back into a nationwide lockdown, we update you on how we're working and how we're adapting.
It seems a long time since last March when we, and so many of our friends and clients, first started adapting to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we find ourselves again in a national lockdown, it seems like a good time to explain how TDI is coping and what we've been doing to ensure we can still deliver on our charitable aims and help tackle sex offending together.
Beverley and Matt, who normally run the office, remain on furlough - they are working the hours of their contracts not supported by furlough payments, but, as they were both part-time to start with, this is a much reduced service. To ensure coverage, Chief Executive Deborah Jenkins and lead trainer Dave Gardiner have stepped up to make sure that the charity keeps running and everything is answered in good time.
As a key part of our work involved face-to-face engagement, we've been busily moving online. For the present, and now the foreseeable future, all our work will be delivered remotely. The challenges of adapting our training, research and consultancy for the online world has forced us to think very differently, and, we believe, reinvigorate and improve what we offer. In the post-Covid world, we will continue to offer online options, making our work more widely, easily and cost-effectively accessible. In 2020, we've worked with organisations including the Wise Group, Haven Housing, Your Voice Counts and Crisis, delivering training remotely, safely, and tailored to their needs. You can read more about our training offer here.
We have also been working on new resources which will allow people to access support and training in their own time and at their own speed. At the start of the first lockdown we piloted a set of videos and attached resources to help those managing community groups think about the risks of sexual harm and how these might be managed. Building on this, we are working on a suite of materials which we hope to launch later in the year which cover key issues around sexual harm prevention. These will allow self-directed learning and make our expertise available to new audiences. If you'd like to stay updated on that, join our mailing list.
We have high hopes that we'll come out of this stronger and better able to support everyone in preventing sexual offending and sexual harm. Until then, we'll continue to work in a safe and slimmed down way. Stay safe, and we'll hopefully speak to you (and see you) soon.
- Debba, Dave, Beverley and Matt